Chateau Kirwan Margaux 2018
|Region||France, Bordeaux, Margaux|
Winemaker Notes :
It is a wine that is exuberant without being opulent, rich without being heavy, fresh without being aggressive. Everything is in balance.
Blend: 42% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc, 13% Petit Verdot
Barrel Sample. The wine's richness is concentrated, offering black plum flavors and dense tannins all bound together in a ripe wine. Acidity shoots through the bold black fruits, giving the wine intensity and certainly a great future.
This drapes wonderfully, with its range of warmed cassis, plum reduction and blackberry preserve flavors displaying a cashmere feel while warmed anise, alder, juniper and bay details peek in throughout. Rich yet defined finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Best from 2023 through 2036. 7,500 cases made.
The 2018 Kirwan is deep garnet-purple in color and gives intense, lifted scents of kirsch, black raspberries and warm cassis with nuances of rose hip tea, tar, fragrant earth and wild sage. The full-bodied palate delivers a great intensity of vibrant fruit with loads of earthy nuances and a firm, fine-grained frame, finishing long and perfumed.
The 2018 Kirwan feels as if it has closed down in the midst of its barrel maturation. Tightly wound blackberry and wild strawberry scents and a splash of iodine blossom with aeration, but the aromas remain on a tight leash. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins that lend a velvety-smooth texture. This is very seductive, although I am seeking more depth on the finish. If that does transpire, then this Kirwan will deserve a score at the top of my band.